The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency prompted by the outbreak of the deadly swine flu. There is currently no vaccine available to protect against this dangerous strain, so many people are stocking up surgical masks to protect themselves. Sources say they’ve erected six new surgical mask factories in Malaysia just to keep up with the demand.
Not even crossdressers are not immune to the swine flu virus. After researched the subject in great detail, it seems that no matter how much mascara or lipstick is applied, we’re still at risk. Our best heels can’t raise us up high enough to dodge the nasty boar-named bug. Oh, the humanity!
It’s the end of the world! Stay tuned to the news so you know when your town gets hit! Run for your lives, squealing like a pig… or “swine” if you prefer.
Ok, is it just me? Is anyone else tired of the media making such a big deal out of itty-bitty things like this? And yes – it is very small when you take into consideration the world’s entire population and the total number of confirmed cases of swine flu, which stands at 252 at the time this article was published. The total number of confirmed deaths due to swine flue is 9 (8 in Mexico, 1 in the USA). Look it up for yourself. Don’t get me wrong – a single death is too many, but to go so far as to mention the word “pandemic” along with “swine flu” is just total media sensationalistic garbage.
Getting the word out is good. Educating people is good. Making it sound like the potential end of humanity is just stupid. It’s being completely blown out of proportion in order to scare people into staying tuned in to the big (news) show. Although I am amused by the endless stream of footage showing people wearing surgical masks on the streets, I’m tired of the stupid scare-tactic the media uses for their little ratings game. I’m surprised how seriously people still take the news in light of this kind of reporting.
Is anyone seriously afraid of catching the swine flu? Has the constant video bombardment of people walking around in surgical masks gotten to you? Did you catch SARS or the bird flu when they were all the media rage? Honestly, you’ve got a much better chance of winning the lottery jackpot than catching the swine flu. How many lottery winners out there are reading this?
At least one good thing came of all this media exposure. It gave me an excuse to walk around wearing a surgical mask all day. It was fun. Nothing makes for a more interesting dinner-table conversation than sighting a surgical mask wearing crossdresser, right? You’re welcome. :)
For the record, I had to call FOUR local drug stores before I could find one that still had surgical masks in stock. Apparently I’m not the only one who wanted to take a picture of myself in a surgical mask… or the media scare tactic has prompted others to play it safe. Amazing.
Well, I’m off to enjoy a ham sandwich with some pork rinds…